‘With Climate Change taking centre stage at every global meet, Nations are joining hands like never before to tackle climate change. One of the factors that is contributing to this is Global Water scarcity. As once, fertile lands become barren and turns into a wasteland, farmers are avoiding water hungry crops. Water scarcity is leading to political conflict as countries are fighting to safeguard their citizens’ access to water, and food prices are rising. The way forward is to do our bit through our community awareness to preserve water. The answer may lie in reducing our ‘water footprint’, by starting with reducing water usage in our homes, including the kitchen’, says Ayesha Dodeja; Kitchen Studio
Q: What is being seen as Global kitchen trends this 2020 and how far has it been adapted/followed in Indian scenario.
A: As the New Year comes into its own, so do the latest kitchen design trends, this 2020. Like fashion, kitchen design too follows a global trend; apt for those who are looking to renovate, upgrade or craft a new kitchen.
Hide and seek
An emerging global kitchen design trend has been to design a kitchen with the fridge and dishwasher hidden, so that it doesn’t look like a traditional rasoi ghar (in the Indian context).
The recent trend is to encompass a complete look and feel of space in such a way that the kitchen becomes an extension of the living room. With homes becoming smaller in our financial capital, the kitchen is fast becoming a seamless extension of the living room. Some are calling it the open kitchen, to emphasise that the overall look and feel of the space is more like a seamless extension of the home. The key is to choose the right hardware, finishes and cabinets, which will bring cheer to any kitchen space.
A splash of colour. An aura of excitement!
A dash of colour used in the kitchen takes it from being mundane to exciting. For India, using the right kitchen colour whilst taking the help of ancient vastu principles not only invigorates a kitchen space, but may also prove lucky. Especially, if the kitchen space is in the south east corner of the home.
The traditional Indian kitchen used to be the place where traditional Indian recipes used to be passed on from one generation to another. With families becoming smaller, and time spent in a kitchen becoming lesser and lesser, it is now imperative that the kitchen becomes intuitive, every nook and corner is used to perfection to bring the smile on the busy home-maker, corporate honcho rushing to fix herself or himself a meal or the trustworthy maid who brings another dimension to the kitchen space.
Whereas the West may embrace the new kitchen trends of bold black finishes and using dark timbers for the cabinets. Though this may look elegant in the right setting, care needs to be taken to balance this by large windows, or sliding doors.
The key is to be subtle, yet impactful. Colours like black, olive green, bright red or navy blue can work wonders in the correct quantity if the kitchen has sufficient natural light.
With India having so many different states and demographics, the colours would differ from state to state; some preferring a subtle green, whilst people from other Indian states preferring a bright parrot green.
What you eat is who you are!
In ancient India, the ‘karta’ or the boss of the home would only eat food made by his loved one, ardhangini, wife in the rasoi ghar. It was and is believed in India that the mindset of the person making the food seeps into the food itself. Care would be taken to maintain a good mood and cheerfulness whilst cooking.
In today’s stressful times, the stress seeps into the person’s food and eventually to the person eating it. The modern Indian kitchen needs to be cheerful, functional and intuitive to ensure that the food being prepared is made with a balanced emotional state.
Natural is in
Bringing nature back into the kitchen is in by beautifully balancing natural wooden tones gracefully in the kitchen or displaying brass pots and frying fans on the kitchen wall. (Even clay pots make a comeback in the Indian kitchen scene.)
Classic is timeless
Some kitchen stands the test of time, and remain classy forever. Graceful white walls with clean lines and functional elements to your storage accessories and cabinets is as classic as it gets.
Q: What is the provision given during design for water-efficiency measures, reducing of flooding in kitchen sinks, efficient garbage collection and disposal systems, and sustainability parameters
With Climate Change taking centre stage at every global meet, nations are joining hands like never before to tackle climate change. Business tycoons like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos have set aside 10 billion to tackle climate change. One of the factors that is contributing to this is Global Water scarcity. As once, fertile lands become barren and turns into a wasteland, farmers are avoiding water hungry crops. Water scarcity is leading to political conflict as countries are fighting to safeguard their citizens’ access to water, and food prices are rising.
Reduce water usage in our homes, including the kitchen
The way forward is to do our bit through our community awareness to preserve water. The answer may lie in reducing our ‘water footprint.’
Here are a few things you can install and do to help limit water usage in the kitchen:
- Low-flow faucet for our times. Earlier faucets used 5 gallons of water per minute, new age low-flow faucets release just 1.5 gallons of water per minute. Thus, saving a lot of water in the long run.
- Wash veggies in a separate basin. Using a brush to scrub away dirt, saves water whilst cleaning your vegetables and fruits which is used in a separate kitchen basin.
- Defrost frozen foods. By defrosting foods in the refrigerator, one can do away with the technique of running water over frozen foods.
- Boiling point. Use just enough water to submerge the food you are cooking. Once your food is done, preserve this water for to water your plants. Perfect isn’t it?
- Steam your veggies over boiling food. With the correct cookware, you can steam and boil together, thus, minimizing water and gas usage.
- Limit garbage disposal use. Instead of allowing precious water to flow down the drain. Why not, consider composting your food leftovers or putting them in the community-segregated waste bin. (Dry waste, wet waste, plastic).
- Using 5 star Energy certified appliances– Using 5 star Energy saving appliances in the kitchen will ensure a reduced and more environmental friendly footprint.
Preserve water for consumption later
Use RO filtered water over bottled water. Did you know it takes 5.67 litres of water to produce a single plastic bottle? Opting for a glass of filtered tap water seems to be the need of the hour.
By limiting our water consumption, especially in our kitchen, we can contribute to the looming global water crisis in our own little way and also educate the next generation at home.
Protect yourself from flooding in the kitchen
A flooded kitchen can wreak havoc to a beautiful home and its owners. Here are a few essential tips to ensure a kitchen is safe and flood-free.
Flood barriers: These have proved effective in reducing the changes of water intrusion in the kitchen. One can fit these to external doors and limit water seeping in.
Limit MDF: MDF kitchen cabinets absorb the water and can also become bloated, creating immense damage to your kitchen space. The key then is to use solid wood for your kitchen spaces.
Use expert plumbing: Getting the help of an expert plumbing personnel will help you be aware of the water pressure being balanced in the water lines, especially if you live in a skyscraper.